Medications - storing
Where you store your medicine can affect how well it works. Learn about storing your medicine properly to keep it from getting damaged.
Take care of your medicine.
Keep children safe.
Damaged medicine may make you sick. Do not take:
Get rid of unused medicine safely and promptly.
Do not keep medicine in the glove compartment of your car. Medicine can get too hot, cold, or wet there.
If you are taking an airplane, keep your medicine in your carry-on luggage. To help with security at the airport:
Call your doctor for:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Put your medicines up and away and out of sight. December 12, 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/Features/MedicationStorage. Accessed on May 10, 2014.
The Center for Improving Medication Management and the National Council on Patient Information and Education. The quick scoop: medicines and your family: safely storing and disposing of medicines. 2014. http://www.learnaboutrxsafety.org/quick-scoop.aspx#safely. Accessed May 10, 2014.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. How to dispose of unused medications. December 24, 2013. Accessed May 10, 2014.
Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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